A month after his New York delivery startup Parcel was acquired by Walmart, Newton native Jesse Kaplan still can’t reveal much about the deal.
His mother, however, has something to say: She’s very proud of him.
Annette Kaplan recently contacted the Globe to point out the local connection to the deal, in which the retail behemoth bought her 26-year-old son’s business for an undisclosed sum. Parcel is a round-the-clock package delivery operation that can handle perishables.
“I don’t think any of us could believe it was real,” Annette Kaplan said in an interview.
But Kaplan’s had more exposure to the world of startups than your average parent. Her 28-year-old daughter, Stephanie Kaplan Lewis, is chief executive of the college media company Her Campus. Their father, Bill Kaplan, is chief executive of Newton-based FreshAddress, which helps companies maintain e-mail lists.
The siblings, both products of Newton public schools and Harvard University, didn’t show any particular affinity for entrepreneurship growing up. Stephanie was a writer, and Jesse was more math-oriented, Annette Kaplan said.
But they did show an independence and resilience that their mother said have served them well.
“I don’t think they saw themselves as business people, but I think they realized early on that they had their own way of doing things, which makes it harder to be a subordinate somewhere,” she said, adding, “I am in awe of them.”Andy Rosen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @andyrosen.